Walking on Sunshine …

Inspired by the brilliant sunshine that we’ve had recently, I did this painting after work today. Using a couple of filters means that I now have three versions! The colours were taken from the floral paper in the foreground:





A Cup of Coffee …

I do love a large cup of coffee first thing in the morning and maybe one or two more later on in the day. I enjoy (maybe I should get out more!!) the ritual of grinding the beans, plunging the cafetière and maybe adding a small amount of vanilla syrup as the coffee is poured. I therefore decided to use this ‘coffee’ theme when painting and abstract still life this afternoon. The outlines were done with white oil pastel, the rest was done with watercolour paints:

As this was my first attempt at this style of painting, I’m reasonably happy with the result, I will however have another go next week, I think that next time I will use fewer ‘props’ so that the overall painting is less complicated.


Tulips, an Abstract …

Yet again I’ve been inspired by Rolina van Vliet. In her ‘Abstracts 50 Inspirational Projects’ she uses colour, shape and texture in an extraordinary way. I chose to follow her instructions for a simple design called ‘Flowers’. I looked particularly carefully at her use of colour and whilst I didn’t want to copy her colour scheme, I wanted to make mine similarly dramatic, hence the use of orange oil pastel in my painting of tulips: